New Year's Eve in Dubai

Written by Arpan Ghosh

New Year’s Eve is the biggest night of the year and Dubai knows how to celebrate the occasion in style. You can opt for a quiet, intimate dinner with a view of the fireworks on the far horizon or head to a grand New Year’s bash to count down the final seconds of 2018. Among the plethora of options that this city offers, these are perhaps the finest ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai.


Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa New Year Fireworks

Watching the spectacular fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa has become something of an annual tradition for Dubai’s partygoers. Last year, the world-famous tower tried something new with a stunning laser light show that left viewers dazzled. This year, however, it is a return to the familiar as the fireworks are back with a metaphorical (and undoubtedly literal) bang.


Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera New Year Gala

A short walk away from the Burj Khalifa, the magnificent Dubai Opera will be hosting its own New Year gala - the Black and White party. Showcasing the cleverness of its design, the main auditorium will be transformed into a party venue where guests can enjoy live music and a perfect view of the fireworks at midnight. If you would like to celebrate over dinner, then head over to signature restaurant Sean Connolly at the Dubai Opera for a 70's themed Roller Disco dinner featuring a host of seafood specialties and some classic favourites.


Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach New Year Party

For the past three months, Nikki Beach has been celebrating the four elements - water, earth, fire and air - with special themed events. Air is the last element on the list and the theme for the resort’s New Year extravaganza. Guests are asked to wear white to represent the ethereal element  as they participate in Dubai’s longest New Year party, lasting an impressive 14 hours.


Al Habtoor City

Al Habtoor City New Year Feast

Located in the heart of Dubai and along the banks of the Dubai Canal, Al Habtoor City has become a hub of entertainment thanks to the presence of three world-class hotels. You can enjoy a walk along the Canal promenade, catch a stunning performance at La Perle and then head over to enjoy a sumptuous New Year’s feast. The Hilton Habtoor City will be offering a variety of dining options on the 31st of December while Habtoor Palace will have two specially themed dinners at its signature restaurants. You can have a New York-inspired meal at World Cut Steakhouse or a taste of Versailles at BQ French Kitchen & Bar.


Bulgari Resort

Bulgari Resorts New Year Gala

One of Dubai’s most vibrant new hospitality destinations will be hosting a gala celebration for New Year’s Eve. The marina promenade surrounding the resort will be the setting for live outdoor entertainment and cooking stations serving up high-quality Italian cuisine made with premium seasonal ingredients. Alternatively, you could enjoy a specially curated Japanese menu at Hoseki or a black-tie Italian dinner at Il Ristorante - Niko Romito, all while enjoying the fireworks at JBR and the Palm.



Atlantis New Year Fireworks

Along with the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah is another iconic New Year’s destination with an awe-inspiring fireworks display over the Atlantis. The Royal Gala is an unrivalled experience in the city, taking place on the beach outside the resort. A grand buffet including some of the most indulgent seafood dishes such as lobster, caviar and sushi will be accompanied by live music and a party lasting until 3 am. Revelers will enjoy the most stunning views of the sea, the city skyline and of course, the exceptional fireworks display.